I've been painting palm fronds this morning. Now it's time to start cutting. I'll need to get out my magnifying lamp to finish them.
I'm also trying to turn a wooden dowel into a palm tree trunk. I scraped it first with a small screw driver to add some texture. Then I cut rings using an old file. The top is carved with my Stanley knife.
Palm tree trunks are not always perfectly straight. I read on a model railroad site that you can soak the dowels in boiling water to make them bend a little. I'm going to see how that works next. Then I will drill a hole in the top of the dowel to add my leaves.
I have this photo on my desk top for inspiration. Hopefully, my little trees will look something this these?
I like the look of a palm tree in the sun. The fronds are brighter than the ones in the photo above. They are more like this one found on Flicker.
Looks like I will need to do more hi-lighting on my leaves. I'm only making three of these larger trees. Right now I'm thinking that is a very good thing!
Hope you have a beautiful day. I wish I could go hug a palm tree. :D
Update: After I've done all of this work, I found this great idea! Using feathers to make palm trees! I may just start over?!